Tiny Birds With a Sweet Tooth

Black-Chinned Hummingbirds

The newest addition to the Filming the Feathers video series, as well as to my Photography pages, displays the beautiful black-chinned hummingbirds (Archilochus alexandri) I saw in Arizona April 29-May 3. We visited the copper mining town of Jerome, where a souvenir shop has multiple hummingbird feeders outside, and I got a chance to capture video of the black-chinned as well as a few Anna's hummingbirds.

Most of the photos and videos here, though, come from Camp Verde, Arizona, where my generous hostess made sure the hummingbirds had plenty of sugar water to drink every day in her backyard. And that ensured I had many opportunities to film these gorgeous birds.

We get to see ruby-throated hummingbirds in Central Park feeding on jewel weed, and I will eventually post photos and video of those birds. But for now, I'm happy to present their Western "cousins."